Manchester United News: Erik ten Hag’s fear is real. The United players have been warned that the Dutchman is unconcerned about individual reputations.
The Dutchman has been named the future manager of the Red Devils. He will arrive at Old Trafford when his contract with Ajax expires this season. During his five-year tenure in Amsterdam, Ten Hag has had tremendous success, with former United player Daley Blind among his players.
Blind moved from Ajax to Manchester in 2014 before returning to Amsterdam in 2018. He has been relaying information to his old teammates and has assured them, according to ESPN. According to Blind, Ten Hag would prioritize the team when it comes to selection and tactics.
He recently left Sebastian Haller, Ajax’s leading scorer, out of the starting XI for the Cup final. Ajax lost 2-1 to PSV despite bringing on the former West Ham striker. Before the Dutchman arrives at Old Trafford in the summer, he has sent a strong warning to all United players.
Manchester United News: Alarm Bells for the players
The concept of putting the team ahead of individual talent may raise red flags for a number of current United players. Pundits and fans alike have debated whether the 52-year-old can bring the best out of Ronaldo.
Despite his heroics in front of goal, the Portuguese superstar has experienced a surprising amount of criticism since his much-anticipated return to the club this summer. Questions were raised about whether he is potentially harming United’s entire tactical system.
Ronaldo scored yet again for United in a 1-1 draw at home against Chelsea. The draw mathematically ruined the Red Devils’ faint hopes of finishing above the Blues.
The Red Devils have been underwhelming this season. They started as one of the underdogs for the title. However, they are on the verge of missing out on the Champions League next season.
As always, Ronaldo rises to the occasion.
The 37-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner is a player who has frequently stepped up when it was most needed. Ten Hag’s decision to consider him surplus to requirements if he isn’t an exact tactical match would be a bold one.
When he does arrive, the impending United manager’s contract will keep him at the club until 2025. However, he has stated that all of his attention must be focused on the work at hand with Ajax until then.
With, it’d be reasonable if his thoughts were drifting to Manchester as he watched a squad, shortly to be his, end the season.
The overhaul that the upcoming manager will have to do is huge. As many as 10 players are expected to leave the club in the summer and the number could be even more.